healthy_scratch wrote:Here is one I have not played in a while but it got me thinking - what is Garcia actually doing and doing so very well (especially on the 1978 JGB versions) when he does his chord solo that leads to a peaking manic chord crescendo before coming back to the closing verse-chorus to end the tune.
I actually have not tried it with a recording in a while, hell I do not think I have played Harder They COme in over 5 years but I assume it is just a question of using different chord voicings that are essentially serving as a very melodic voice leading à la Eyes of the World - the sublime introduction to the GD Raceway Park Englishtown 1977 version in particular here, granted most 70s versions include yummy Jerry chord soloing.
The chord soloing thing has always been one of the more fascinating and neglected side of Garcias playing, especially in articles and lessons in leading guitar magazines over the years. When I was starting out playing it was one of the areas I was most drawn to of Garcia's style but never knew how or what exactly he was up to.
Jerry does this ragingly well on the Warner Theatre 03-17-78 Harder They Come I do believe.
Any thoughts and preferred voicings welcome as always.
Right - inversions of various chords forming melodic runs - eyes is a perfect example. Though changing from chord to chord (key to key) changes things up a bit for sure. A simple example is right from eyes. No time to tab now. Here I am doing some of this a while back. Check out the Harder They Come.
see if this is what you mean and if so I'll elaborate more on what I'm up to - to the extent I can communicate it! lol!!
I solo both before and after the keys